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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Black-winged Kites now in Bergerac and beyond !

    Since they were first recorded in Dordogne in April 2012, the Black-winged Kite population has gone from strength to strength. Their stronghold was always Faux Plateau where there are probably around 6 pairs but more recently they have spread along the Dordogne valley westward adding another half dozen pairs or so. Bergerac airport is a regular haunt, I've watched them regularly around the airport before collecting clients for wildlife holidays and from the departure lounge before flying myself! With a similar life style to the Common Kestrel they do well in open country with woods and scrub often hovering or dropping down on prey from a post or tree. Although they were first recorded in 2012, they were several unofficial sightings in the ten years prior to this. A friend of mine who used to live in the valley near Belvès (at Siorac) saw two or three during this period. She was very familiar with these birds having lived and worked in East Africa as a professional conservationist for many years.

    Photo courteousy of Mike Bye: Faux Plateau, November 2018, Limosa Holidays tour.


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Welcome to my Dordogne Wildlife Diary

In it you will find regular wildlife sightings in the département of Dordogne, notably of birds and butterflies in southern Dordogne where I live. In adddition there will be occasional references to neighbouring départements such as Lot et Garonne, Gironde, the Lot and places further afield. Check out the Faune-Aquitaine website for the latest wildlife sightings in Dordogne and Aquitaine.

Where possible I will add photographs to illustrate the entry. Many thanks to Margaret Mills (family photo) and Denis Cauchoix (birdwatcher photo).

I hope that you enjoy my diary and look forward to your comments.

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